2007 WNBA Playoffs

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2007 WNBA Playoffs
Conference Conf. Champion Coach
East Detroit Shock Bill Laimbeer
West Phoenix Mercury Paul Westhead
Dates: August 24 – September 16
Finals Champion: Phoenix Mercury
Attendance: 10,327 per game
Standings
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Detroit 1st Phoenix
2nd Indiana 2nd San Antonio
3rd Connecticut 3rd Sacramento
4th New York 4th Seattle
WNBA Playoffs

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The 2007 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2007 season which ended with the Western Conference champion Phoenix Mercury defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock 3-2.

Format[edit]

  • The top 4 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • All 4 teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • The series for rounds one and two are in a best-of-three format with Games 2 and 3 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • The series for the WNBA Finals is in a best-of-five format with Games 1, 2 and 5 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Detroit Shock (24–10)
  2. Indiana Fever (21–13)
  3. Connecticut Sun (18–16)
  4. New York Liberty (16–18)

Western Conference[edit]

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Phoenix Mercury (23–11)
  2. San Antonio Silver Stars (20–14)
  3. Sacramento Monarchs (19–15)
  4. Seattle Storm (17–17)

Bracket[edit]

This was the outlook for the 2007 WNBA playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

First Round Conference Finals WNBA Finals
                 
1 Detroit 2
4 New York 1
1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
2 Indiana 1
2 Indiana 2
3 Connecticut 1
1 Detroit 2
1 Phoenix 3
1 Phoenix 2
4 Seattle 0
1 Phoenix 2
Western Conference
2 San Antonio 0
2 San Antonio 2
3 Sacramento 1

Eastern Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) Detroit Shock vs. (4) New York Liberty[edit]

August 24
Detroit Shock 51, New York Liberty 73
Scoring by quarter: 9–14, 16–11, 17–28, 9–20
Pts: Nolan 16
Rebs: Pierson 8
Asts: Johnson, Powell, Pierson 2
Pts: Christon 16
Rebs: Christon 15
Asts: Moore 6
Madison Square Garden, New York City
Attendance: 9,976
Referees: June Courteau, Lamont Simpson, Scott Twardoski
August 26
New York Liberty 73, Detroit Shock 76
Scoring by quarter: 20–19, 11–23, 22–18, 20–16
Pts: Christon, McCarville 19
Rebs: Kraayeveld, Moore 8
Asts: McCarville, Moore, Thorn 2
Pts: Nolan 16
Rebs: Pierson 12
Asts: Smith 6
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 9,896
Referees: Tina Napier, Michael Price, Kurt Walker
August 28
New York Liberty 70, Detroit Shock 71 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 12–12, 21–11, 16–20, 13–19Overtime: 8–9
Pts: Kraayeveld 16
Rebs: Jackson-Jones 10
Asts: Moore 6
Pts: Nolan 22
Rebs: Ford 10
Asts: Nolan 6
Detroit wins series, 2–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 10,654
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Lisa Mattingly, Eric Brewton

(2) Indiana Fever vs. (3) Connecticut Sun[edit]

August 23
Indiana Fever 88, Connecticut Sun 93 (3OT)
Scoring by quarter: 7–12, 18–20, 17–22, 24–12, Overtime: 9–9, 6–6, 7–12
Pts: DeForge 31
Rebs: Catchings 20
Asts: Catchings 7
Pts: Sales 25
Rebs: Dydek 11
Asts: Whalen 10
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville
Attendance: 7,271
Referees: Bonita Spence, Daryl Humphrey, Michael Price
August 25
Connecticut Sun 59, Indiana Fever 78
Scoring by quarter: 13–23, 8–17, 17–21, 21–17
Pts: Douglas 11
Rebs: Sales 6
Asts: Carey 4
Pts: DeForge 26
Rebs: Catchings 13
Asts: White, Whitmore 4
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 7,298
Referees: Bob Trammell, Roy Gulbeyan, Cameron Inouye
August 27
Connecticut Sun 88, Indiana Fever 93 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 29–17, 15–15, 16–16, 17–29Overtime: 11–16
Pts: Douglas 27
Rebs: Whalen 10
Asts: Douglas, Jones 5
Pts: Catchings 30
Rebs: Catchings 13
Asts: Catchings 6
Indiana wins series, 2–1
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Sue Blauch, Tina Napier, Kurt Walker

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Shock vs. (2) Indiana Fever[edit]

August 31
Detroit Shock 65, Indiana Fever 75
Scoring by quarter: 13–15, 18–18, 23–26, 11–16
Pts: Pierson 19
Rebs: Ford 11
Asts: Nolan 6
Pts: Catchings 22
Rebs: Catchings 11
Asts: Bevilaqua 4
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 9,623
Referees: Clarke Stevens, June Courteau, Lamont Simpson
September 2
Indiana Fever 63, Detroit Shock 77
Scoring by quarter: 20–16, 12–25, 15–27, 16–9
Pts: DeForge 13
Rebs: Catchings, DeForge, Sam 4
Asts: Whitmore 4
Pts: Nolan 24
Rebs: Cash, Pierson 9
Asts: Nolan, Smith 6
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 10,153
Referees: Bob Trammell, Sue Blauch, Kurt Walker
September 3
Indiana Fever 65, Detroit Shock 81
Scoring by quarter: 20–14, 10–21, 17–22, 18–24
Pts: Sutton-Brown 17
Rebs: Sutton-Brown, Sam 10
Asts: Sam, Whitmore 4
Pts: Nolan 30
Rebs: Ford 15
Asts: Smith 7
Detroit wins series, 2–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 9,856
Referees: Michael Price, Tina Napier, Lisa Mattingly

Western Conference[edit]

First Round[edit]

(1) Phoenix Mercury vs. (4) Seattle Storm[edit]

August 24
Phoenix Mercury 101, Seattle Storm 84
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 20–13, 29–24, 27–27
Pts: Taylor, Taurasi 22
Rebs: Smith 10
Asts: Pondexter 8
Pts: Lennox 23
Rebs: Jackson 9
Asts: Bird 4
KeyArena, Seattle
Attendance: 8,833
Referees: Tina Napier, Kurt Walker, Barb Smith
August 26
Seattle Storm 89, Phoenix Mercury 95
Scoring by quarter: 14–27, 24–24, 25–25, 26–19
Pts: Jackson 22
Rebs: Jackson 14
Asts: Bird 6
Pts: Pondexter 25
Rebs: Smith 8
Asts: Taurasi 6
Phoenix wins series, 2-0
US Airways Center, Phoenix
Attendance: 7,428
Referees: June Courteau, Lamont Simpson, Daryl Humphrey

(2) San Antonio Silver Stars vs. (3) Sacramento Monarchs[edit]

August 23
San Antonio Silver Stars 65, Sacramento Monarchs 86
Scoring by quarter: 14–24, 20–14, 16–25, 15–23
Pts: Young 20
Rebs: Young 8
Asts: Darling 5
Pts: Powell 22
Rebs: Griffith 8
Asts: Penicheiro 6
ARCO Arena, Sacramento
Attendance: 10,126
Referees: Bob Trammell, Denise Brooks, Sue Blauch
August 25
Sacramento Monarchs 61, San Antonio Silver Stars 86
Scoring by quarter: 11–18, 14–25, 14–18, 22–25
Pts: Brunson 18
Rebs: Brunson 8
Asts: Penicheiro 5
Pts: Hammon 20
Rebs: Johnson 9
Asts: Johnson 8
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 5,735
Referees: Eric Brewton, Lisa Mattingly, Clarke Stevens
August 27
Sacramento Monarchs 78, San Antonio Silver Stars 80
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 15–22, 19–17, 23–14
Pts: Powell 20
Rebs: Brunson 8
Asts: Lawson 5
Pts: Young 26
Rebs: Darling 7
Asts: Hammon, Johnson 7
San Antonio wins series, 2–1
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 7,126
Referees: June Courteau, Lamont Simpson, Roy Gulbeyan

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Mercury vs. (2) San Antonio Silver Stars[edit]

August 30
Phoenix Mercury 102, San Antonio Silver Stars 100
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 30–27, 23–22, 29–31
Pts: Pondexter 26
Rebs: Taylor 14
Asts: Pondexter 6
Pts: Hammon 32
Rebs: Young 18
Asts: Riley 6
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 14,592
Referees: Lisa Mattingly, Denise Brooks, Bob Trammell
September 1
San Antonio Silver Stars 92, Phoenix Mercury 98
Scoring by quarter: 28–23, 19–19, 20–25, 25–31
Pts: Zolman 20
Rebs: Riley, Young 10
Asts: Hammon 8
Pts: Pondexter 33
Rebs: Smith 12
Asts: Pondexter 8
Phoenix wins series, 2-0
US Airways Center, Phoenix
Attendance: 8,106
Referees: Tina Napier, Michael Price, Roy Gulbeyan

WNBA Finals: Phoenix Mercury vs. Detroit Shock[edit]

Main article: 2007 WNBA Finals
September 5
Phoenix Mercury 100, Detroit Shock 108
Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 14–23, 32–28, 33–39
Pts: Taylor 32
Rebs: Taylor 9
Asts: Taylor 7
Pts: Pierson 26
Rebs: Braxton 12
Asts: Johnson, Smith 4
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 10,513
Referees: Eric Brewton, June Courteau, Lamont Simpson
September 8
Phoenix Mercury 98, Detroit Shock 70
Scoring by quarter: 25–17, 23–15, 31–19, 19–19
Pts: Taurasi 30
Rebs: Smith 10
Asts: Miller, Pondexter, Taylor 5
Pts: Nolan 12
Rebs: Braxton 9
Asts: Johnson, Pierson 3
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 16,752
Referees: Lisa Mattingly, Michael Price, Kurt Walker
September 11
Detroit Shock 88, Phoenix Mercury 83
Scoring by quarter: 30–23, 20–22, 20–19, 18–19
Pts: Smith 22
Rebs: Ford 13
Asts: Nolan 6
Pts: Taurasi 22
Rebs: Taylor 14
Asts: Miller 5
US Airways Center, Phoenix
Attendance: 12,024
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Bob Trammell, Tina Napier
September 13
Detroit Shock 76, Phoenix Mercury 77
Scoring by quarter: 12–17, 23–16, 25–24, 16–20
Pts: Pierson 23
Rebs: Ford 14
Asts: Nolan 5
Pts: Pondexter 26
Rebs: Taylor 9
Asts: Pondexter 5
US Airways Center, Phoenix
Attendance: 12,813
Referees: June Courteau, Kurt Walker, Lamont Simpson
September 16
Phoenix Mercury 108, Detroit Shock 92
Scoring by quarter: 30–17, 25–26, 24–21, 29–28
Pts: Taylor 30
Rebs: Taurasi 7
Asts: Pondexter 10
Pts: Nolan 27
Rebs: Smith 6
Asts: Johnson 8
Phoenix won series, 3-2
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Tina Napier, Michael Price, Bob Trammell

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